Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Center Belize, C.A. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Center
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Center Belize
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2017—2018 Offerings

"The Door of Mercy Stand Ajar”

Last year we offered our programs focusing on the theme: “Passionate for Mercy Wherever Life Cries Out”, and so this year our theme will continue to promote the need for Mercy in our community and society. “The Door of Mercy Stands Ajar” will guide this year’s retreats, programs and offerings. As we at the Center gathered to plan, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy were also gathered in Chapter and we were inspired by one of their opening prayers, which was used by Sister Sarita at our Day One of planning. The reading was taken from the Mercy blog entitled, “How Many Doors Have You Opened?, written by Diane Guerin. It invited us to reflect on our personal door of Mercy and on the fact that the greatest gift we can give to each other and to our world is to open doors:

  • to open doors of mercy for each other
  • to open doors of mercy for those who may be on the fringes of society and have no one to open doors for them;
  • to open doors of mercy in our homes and places of employment, beckoning all we meet to cross that threshold.

And so we welcome all to join us in our offerings this year as—”The Door of Mercy Stands Ajar”, waiting for you to give freely and receive graciously from either side of the door.


RETREATS

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
in Everyday Life

For those eager for a deeper relationship with God and who wish to foster this relationship in the midst of everyday life, you may want to consider making this Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreat.

The essential components of the retreat, which spans a period of seven months, include a serious commitment to daily prayer, meeting with a spiritual director twice monthly, and participating in faith group sharing.

Group Meetings:
Saturday - October 14, 20179:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursdays 7:00 - 9:15 pm
October 19, 2017 January 18, 2018
November 23, 2017 February 8, 2018
December 13, 2017 (Wednesday) March 22, 2018
May 10 & 2,4 2018

Fee: $325.00
Place: Community Room 2nd Floor Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Center
Registration Required


BELOVED MARRIED COUPLES RETREAT
"Finding Happiness in Marriage"

What if marriage is more than a simple contract between two people? What if God has woven into the very design of humanity a purposeful desire for a man and a woman to unite into something mysterious and holy? What if your marriage is designed to be a vital part of God’s work in the world?

Beloved explores the essential realities of marriage, dealing with the deepest spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of what the sacrament means for those preparing to get married, as well as those who yearn for a richer married life. Through Scripture, tradition and Church teaching, God’s plan for marriage will come alive. You will see firsthand the wonder, mystery, and joy of this sacrament—from the first “I do” through the rest of your lives.

Beloved will help you to live out the Sacrament of Matrimony more profoundly, so that your love story is drawn into the greatest love story of all...God’s own love for us.

Date: October 14 & 15, 2017—6:30 pm—10:00 pm
Place: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
For more information: Call Flavia Burgos at 634-3792


A Celebration to Honor

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebrate with us as we gather to honor Mary under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe and to express our love to her who identified herself to Juan Diego as “Mother of the true God through whom one lives”.

Mary, Lead us to Jesus!
Friday—December 11, 2017 - 7:00 pm
St. Catherine Convent Chapel

 


Married Couples Retreat
Give Your LOVE-ONE A Pre-Valentine Treat!

No matter how grand or broken your marriage is, you want more.

Married couples retrearMaybe you’re seeking better communication or closer sexual intimacy, but ultimately your desire is to have a deep and lasting relationship—to truly become one with your spouse.

In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Dr. Gary Chapman, an experienced marriage counselor of more than four decades, author of the 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life consultants, will walk you through the steps to achieving the marriage you’ve always wanted.

“Marriages either get better or worse, they never stand still”
- Dr. Gary Chapman

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018 — 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 3, 2017 — 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference Room
Fee: $100.00 per couple (all event materials and food included)
Registration Required


“Let’s Take a Look at Spirituality”

A Look at Spirituality“Spirituality is not something on the fringes…. Everyone has to have a Spirituality, either a lifegiving one or a destructive one… What shapes our actions is our Spirituality.”
(Ronald Rolheiser)

This is a day to explore Spirituality, that something vital that lies at the heart of our lives, and to come in touch with one’s own brand of Spirituality.

Interested? Come and see!!

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am—4:00 pm
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference Room
Fee: $50.00
Registration Required

Presenters: Sister Sarita Vasquez, RSM
Celia Usher & Anita Zetina


“Directed Silent Retreat”

At this time in your life with God, what is it you long to see?

This weekend we will take another look at one of the most amazing prayers—The Examen of Consciousness.

What may you see? You may see how this valuable prayer helps you to sift through your inner urges and movements, and how it helps you to grow in sensitivity to the unique special ways that God has of calling you.

Come and see!

Date: March 9—11, 2018
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Retreat Center
Fee: $150.00
(Limit—8 persons)
Registration Required

Spiritual Directors: Sister Sarita Vasquez, RSM and Team

Presenters: Sister Sarita Vasquez, RSM
Celia Usher & Anita Zetina


WOMEN’S & MEN'S RETREAT CONFERENCES BY MARK GUNGOR

Women's Retreat This impactful conference teaches and inspires women how to see themselves as valuable and worthy, teaching them how to take strong, confident stands for what is right in their marriage, family and beyond, in a respectful and honorable way. It is time for women of all ages and stages in life to discover what God’s word really says, and become fully alive and assertive.

This conference encourages guys to stand up and be manly men by validating their Godgiven positive qualities instead of pointing out their weaknesses and failures. It is about validation, not condemnation, and a daily determination to live out God’s original calling.


manly man conferencePLACES:

Orange Walk Town
Date: November 10 & 11, 2017
(Call Flavia Burgos at 634-3792)

Belmopan City
Date: November 25 & 26, 2017
(Call Michelle Hulse at 610-4440)

Belize City at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Center Date: April 13 & 14, 2018
Call Our Lady of Guadalupe Center at 223-2275
Fridays 6:00 pm—9:30 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am—5:00 pm

Fee: $50.00—Registration Required



Women’s Retreat
"Embrace"

Embrace - Women's Retreat EMBRACE the inner freedom God gives you.
EMBRACE what fills the spaces within you.
EMBRACE who you are in Christ.
EMBRACE the graces of your own journey.

Ready to walk in freedom? To be refreshed and energized to serve God passionately and faithfully? To be equipped with practical yet biblical principles for walking life as a Christian woman?

Join us for an unforgettable day!

Date: May 5, 2018—9:00 am—4:00 pm
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference Room
Fee: $50.00

Registration Required


PROGRAMS / WORKSHOP

Women's Bible/Faith Sharing

(Come let us stay close to God, meditate on the Word, and ask the Holy Spirit to bring it to life for us)

Wednesdays—starting
September 6, 2017 — 5:00 pm—6:30 pm
Fee: Donation
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Meeting Room

"Then you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free"
John 8:32


SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS' PEER SUPERVISION & READING SEMINAR

Those who are presently engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction meet monthly in a prayerful setting for this seminar. Through presentations of case studies, prayer and sharing, they draw on the insights of one another, enabling them to grow in the art of listening and discerning the movement of the Spirit in direction.

Relevant reading material is the focus of this monthly sharing among the Center’s Team of Spiritual Directors.

Date: Thursdays 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
(First Thursdays of every month)
Place: Community Room


OTHER OFFERINGS

Married Couple Enrichment Nights

Married couples, who want to keep their relationships vibrant and alive, meet monthly for their own development, for group bondedness and support as married couples. It’s fun and enriching!!

All married couples are invited to join us!

Fridays: 7:00 pm—9:00 pm
(Last Friday of every month)
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference Room
Fee: Donation
Facilitators: Vicent & Loretta Palacio

Spiritualitea

A Tea Party for Ladies!
Come, be nourished in body, mind
and Spirit! Lovely Tea; powerful
presentation!

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm—7:30 pm
Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference Room
Fee: $15.00
Registration Required
Presenters: Anita Zetina & Celia Usher


Prayers

Intercessory Prayer

"There should be prayers offered for everyone—petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving"
(1 Timothy 2:1)

"Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I." That was Jesus' promise. The Intercessory Prayer is a sacred time. Persons called by God to minister to the people by interceding for them gather twice monthly at the Guadalupe Center.

You are invited to join them to pray for your loved ones, Belize and for the world. Mail or phone in your requests for prayers. The Church needs intercessors. God has given the Center strong intercessors. We praise God!

First & Third Wednesdays: 9:00 am—10:00 am
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Chapel

September 6 & 20, 2017 Feb. 7 & 21, 2018
October 4 & 18, 2017 March 7 & 21, 2018
November 1 & 15, 2017 April 18, 2018
December 6, 2017 May 2 & 16, 2018
January 17, 2018 June 6 & 20, 2018

“The Door of Mercy Stands Ajar”
THE DOOR OF MERCY

The Door of Mercy is doubled-hinged, swinging in, opening out, sturdy, yet easily moved. My friend says: “you only have to knock once, and you only have to knock lightly.”

The Door of Mercy rests on the threshold of need. Its single key is kindness, which is always in the lock. Faithfulness is its lintel, hope and healing the strong jambs either side. Mostly the Door of Mercy stands ajar.
(Mary Wickham, Poetry and Spirituality)

Click Here to View the 2016-2017 Offerings


Reaching Out

Outreach: A six-week program for women and single mothers at YMCA

Earth Day—April 20, 2018

Caring for our Earth—Primary School activities


Do you wish a specific program/retreat for your particular group/faculty or parish? Our Lady of Guadalupe Center wishes to be of service to you whether you are in Belize City or in the Districts. Make your request known to us by e-mail or phone 223-2275. To ensure our availability, please make an early contact.

The Center’s Team has already committed themselves to the following requests for 2017—2018.

Holy Redeemer Faculty Retreat Day (August 29, 2017)
St. Catherine Academy Students — 20 Retreat days — Sept. 28, 2017 to April 19, 2018


SPIRITUAL COMPANIONING

Fee: Donation (Suggested $20.00)
Call the Center at 223-2275 for an appointment or more information

Spiritual direction is an ancient tradition of a covenanted relationship with a spiritual companion occurring in an atmosphere of trust and loving presence. The goal is to lead a person into a deeper awareness of and appreciation for God’s presence and movement in the interior and exterior circumstances of daily life. The fundamental assumption is that God speaks to us in our daily lives, is present in all experiences, human relationships, dreams, creative expression, solitude, and prayer. Spiritual Direction is a process of deep listening designed to help people who are seeking to live a more fully human and reflective life. Spiritual direction embraces both the quest for God and the quest for a transformed world by emphasizing the call to both contemplation and action.


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